I profile. For the safety of myself and my family, I make judgment calls many, many times a day.
Deciding what’s right and what’s wrong in life is something we all do. When I see an individual wearing his baggy pants down to his waist with his underwear showing and the hood from his sweater pulled over his head walking stiff-legged, I judge him as a gangbanger, or at the very least a wannabe gangbanger. Either way, the individual is expressing a lifestyle that I do not condone — a lifestyle of crime and violence.
I commend the city of Tracy for finally admitting that we have a gang problem. What disappointed me about the Tuesday City Council meeting was that they opened with saying how safe the city is. This tells me that they still don’t think it’s as bad as the people of Tracy know it is.
Statistics can be and usually are misleading. Statistics should be used to support an argument, not prove a position. Sure, the city in the early part of 2009 had less crime, but the trend since then has been way up. Yet, overall, it looks fine on paper.
One thing that caught my eye was the fact that Livermore was No. 14 on the list. Livermore does have a bad area, but there is no way you could ever convince me that Tracy is safer than Livermore.
To call the violence lately a spike is once again not wanting to face the new reality of what is taking place in our city. How do you think the families of the people who were killed or had a violent crime committed against them feel about being grouped into a category of a “spike”? I’m sure they feel that there is a problem in this city and it should be dealt with using some of the tactics that were brought up by a few of the citizens at the meeting.
Address the problem at the source. Make life uncomfortable for these thugs and don’t let up.
Of course, the issue of finances is always a concern, especially in these times. To this I say it’s too bad that the city didn’t have the foresight to — instead of spending tens of millions of dollars fixing up downtown for people who never go there — be proactive and use the money to hire more personnel to fight the problem we are now being forced to deal with.
Oh, but wait, we didn’t have a gang problem until now. Unbelievable.